Perak DAP chairman Ngeh Koo Ham says DAP will not be making any public statements on the publicised spat with M Kulasegaran that erupted two days ago.
A joint statement with his vice president A Sivanesan (right in photo, with Lim) today revealed that Ngeh has discussed the matter with DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng when the CM was at Penang International Airport returning from his Australia trip.
“We agreed with Lim's suggestion that matters involving Perak DAP should be handled internally,” read the statement.
“Thereby we will not be making any public statements or answer press queries on this issue.”
According to the duo, Lim is expected to convene a meeting with Lim Kit Siang in attendance, when Kulasegaran returns from his leave in Nepal.
The statement comes after the disgruntled party national vice-chairman Kulasegaran (right) posted a challenge on his blog - and on Malaysiakini's comments to a related story - for an open debate with Ngeh “on the polices and issues he had done especially when we had Perak for 11 months.”
“Please just tell me the place and time, I am ready to 'tell all',” said the Ipoh Barat MP.
Friction had been building up in Perak DAP between Kulasegaran and Ngeh and state secretary Nga Kor Ming leading to a meeting with top leaders on Friday night to iron out differences.
Following the break down of the 'peace talks' a frustrated Kulasegaran announced that he would hold a “tell all” press conference, but cancelled the next morning at the advice of the party leadership.
Feud between Kula and cousins out in the open - The Star
At loggerheads: The Perak DAP faces a split, with deputy chairman Kulasegaran on one side and Ngeh and Nga on the other (below).
IPOH: The Perak DAP has plunged into a crisis with Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran threatening to quit as state deputy chairman, citing unhappiness and declaring “enough is enough.”
Kulasegaran is caught up in a wrangle with Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and state secretary Nga Kor Ming over control in the state.
The MP will not be the first to run foul of the Ngeh-Nga combination in Perak, which has often been blamed by other DAP members for their fallout.
However, their feud has been put on hold for now after Kulasegaran, who was expected to hold a tell-all press conference here yesterday, was asked by party supremo Lim Kit Siang to reconsider his decision and ponder over the matter on a trip overseas.
Other developments yesterday:
> Kulasegaran has posted on Twitter a challenge for a debate with Ngeh;
> Ngeh slams Kulasegaran for his public outburst; and
> Jelapang assemblyman Datuk Hee Yit Foong said she felt sorry for Kulasegaran and understood his predicament.